Sanctuary goes back to drawing board with Aberdeen flats plan

The first phase of Sanctuary’s Donside Village was completed in 2016

Sanctuary Scotland has vowed to resubmit proposals to develop new flats in Aberdeen after taking the decision to withdraw its initial application after an appraisal of the housing market in the city.

The Association lodged plans to build 65 affordable units across three different blocks of flats as well as a communal square for occupants at Donside Urban Village.

Each block was to be of a different height, ranging from three floors to six, each encompassing two-bed flats.

However it is understood that Sanctuary now believes there are too many two-bedroom flats in the city and has chosen to review its options before submitting a further application.

Gillian Lavety, Sanctuary’s development director for Scotland, said: “Our proposals for this development will be resubmitted to accommodate a change in the tenure and a mix based on Aberdeen City Council’s housing need and demand.”

Sanctuary has already delivered a £52 million first phase at the Donside Village. Other Sanctuary developments in the city include the £19 million transformation of the former HMP Craiginches into 124 homes for affordable rent.

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